15.12.2006

Step one

What is Moodle?

Moodle is a course management system (CMS) - a free, Open Source software package developed in Australia by Martin Dougiamas. The program is freely available to anyone from the web site http://moodle.org. The Moodle download contains a standard set of tools. In addition, there are many contrib Moodle tools (i.e. not part of the standard distribution) and hacks developed by different educators around the world. This explains why the Moodle environment in University of Jyväskylä (JYU Moodle for short) seems to be different than the one you have used before in somewhere else.

Logging in to Moodle

When you click the login link in the virtual workpace web page you will be directed to the JYU Moodle which looks something like this.

The login page is shaped like a standard Moodle page with three columns. In the left column you will find course categories and course environments, which allows you to browse through the available courses and read what they are about (Note: not all courses will be visible).

The middle column contains a message board with news about Moodle. Important events concerning the whole JYU Moodle organisation will be displayed here.

The column to the right contains a welcome note and a calendar which displays entries from all courses you have access to.

Above the right column is a drop down list of interface languages and above that a login link which reads: Kirjaudu. You can click that link to log in to Moodle. You can change the interface language into English from the drop down list before you continue to the login page.

Upon clicking the Kirjaudu link you will be taken to the login page. There is information about the IDs in the right column and you fill in your username/number and password in the left column.  Then you can click on the Kirjaudu or Login button.

You can also use the Kirjaudu vieraana or Login as a guest button. If you login as a guest you will be asked the enrolment key which you have received in email from the workspace administrator. Note that as a guest you have very limited rights in the workspace.

If you have filled in the correct ID, you will be logged in to Moodle. You return to the front page, where instead of the Kirjaudu link you now read: You are logged in as: Your Name (logout).

When it is time to log out you can click that (logout) link, or you can simply close your browser, as that will also log you out.

Now you have logged in for the first time and the next step is to edit your user profile, as this important information will follow with you wherever you go in Moodle.

 

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